Monday, July 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Friday, July 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Asheville Players Academy
Day Camp: July 23-27 for Girls ages 6-14
Price is $130 per camper
Campers will develop basic soccer skills through fun and engaging exercises and games. There will be opportunities to apply what they have learned in scrimmages each day. Our goal is to make sure each camper leaves with a fun outlook on soccer and the desire to continue to play and get better.
Check In/Pick Up:
Check in for the day camp will be between 8:15 and 9am on the first day of camp. Drop off on the other days will be between 8:30 and 9am at Greenwood Soccer Field. Camp ends at 12pm each day. Please arrive no later than 12:15pm for pickup.
All campers should bring sneakers, soccer shoes, a soccer ball, shin guards, soccer socks, and wear proper active attire. In addition, each player should bring their own water bottle, filled with water, so they can remain properly hydrated throughout the day. Water will be available at the fields for refills.
Camp Director/UNC Asheville Head Coach: Michelle Demko
Michelle is serving in her first year at UNC Asheville. Before arriving here, Demko was at the University of Nebraska for three years, where she served as the Huskers recruiting coordinator. Nebraska posted three straight winning seasons, increasing the win total each year Michelle served there.
Before Nebraska, Demko spent four years with NC State, helping improve the pack from a record of 9-9-1 in 2003 to 11-9-1 in 2006.
Prior to her stint at N.C. State, Demko played professionally with the Philadelphia Charge. She was selected in the eighth round (63rd overall) by the Charge and played two seasons in the WUSA, leading Philadelphia into the WUSA Founders Cup semifinals twice.
Demko also had a successful professional career overseas, spending three years in Germany in the competitive Frauen Bundesliga for the SC Klinge Seckah, FSV Frankfurt and Bayern Munich.
She was a starter for all three teams and led Bayern Munich to a league championship. In addition, Demko captured a national title, while playing with the W-League's Maryland Pride from 1994 to 1996.
Michelle, who played soccer at the University of Maryland under former U.S. National Team Coach April Heinrichs, was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary Women's Soccer Team. While playing at Maryland, she served as a two-year captain and was voted MVP by her team. She also earned first-team All-ACC honors.
Demko played in three Olympic Festivals (1994-96), as well as being called into national team training camps in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Demko also owns a cap with the U.S. Women's National Team while playing against Germany in 1997.
A native of Largo, Fla., Michelle received a bachelor's degree of science-kinesiology from Maryland in 1996. Prior to her arrival at Maryland, she played soccer at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. She helped lead Barry to the 1992 NCAA Division II national title as she scored in the championship match against Adelphi.
What People Are Saying About Michelle Demko
"Michelle Demko is one of the brightest and best female head coaches I have observed coaching. She is passionate about the game, cares about her players and is a fabulous role model for all. Student-Athletes will push themselves and each other while playing for Michelle at UNC Ashville."
Assistant Camp Director/UNC Asheville Assistant Coach: Mary Casey
Casey, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer at the University of Maryland and native of Centreville, Va., played professionally for the Northern Virginia Majestics of the United Soccer League's W-League and was drafted by the Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).
Casey played both defender and goalkeeper during her playing career and was an All-ACC first team selection in 2008. She was named a team captain at Maryland her senior season and helped lead the Terrapins to an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
That season Casey anchored a defense that posted nine shutouts including five of the Terps' first seven games. Maryland went 14-6-2 in 2009 as Casey posted 76 saves in goal while only allowing 22 goals over the course of the season.
For her career with the Terrapins she played in 74 contests recording 136 saves and 13 shutouts.
She excelled academically as well earning a spot on the 2008 All-ACC Academic team. Casey was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American second team and the NSCAA All-East Scholar first team.
Additional Staff (as needed):
Current College and Youth Coaches
Current UNC Asheville Varsity Women Soccer Players
When & Where
Asheville Players Academy
A unique soccer camp organized and put on by the women's soccer coaching staff at UNC Asheville. Head coach Michelle Demko and Assistant Coach Mary Casey both played collegiate soccer at the University of Maryland and played professionally in WUSA/WPS.